Who owns a body weight of almost 70 kg at the Borneo COP orangutan rehabilitation center? That weight of course does not belong to orangutan children who are attending forest school classes. That’s like an adult’s weight. This must belong to an adult orangutan. Who is he? Or maybe it’s an animal keeper!

His handsome face is often admired by many people. It shows his dignity but unfortunately must end up in a cage. Dreams still continue, taking him to an island, where he can freely climb, choose the foods he wants to eat or explore in limited ways.

All know him as the cool Ambon. His eyes always stared pleasantly. His cheek pad often makes anyone who first approaches him back off. With his big body and long hair, we can feel his dominance from a distance.

Today, Ambon underwent an annual health check. Its weight is recorded again. “With the current weight, Ambon looks more agile. Hopefully Ambon will have the opportunity to return to the orangutan island, “said vet Flora, full of hope. (EBO)


Siapakah pemilik berat badan 70 kg kurang 1 kg di pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo? Berat segitu, pastinya bukan milik anak-anak orangutan yang sedang mengikuti kelas sekolah hutan. Itu seperti berat badan seorang dewasa. Ini pasti milik orangutan dewasa. Siapakah dia? Jangan-jangan miliknya animal keeper!

Wajah tampannya sering dikagumi banyak orang. Terlihat sekali wibawanya namun sayang harus berakhir di kandang. Mimpi masih terus berlanjut, membawanya ke sebuah pulau, dimana dia bisa dengan bebas memanjat, memilih makanan yang ingin dimakannya atau menjelajah secara terbatas. 

Semua mengenalnya dengan sebutan si kalem Ambon. Matanya selalu menatap dengan ramah. Checkpadnya sering membuat mundur siapapun yang pertama kali mendekatinya. Apalagi tubuh besar dan rambutnya yang gondrong. Dari jauh terasa dominasinya.

Hari ini, Ambon menjalani pemeriksaan kesehatan tahunan. Beratnya tercatat kembali. “Dengan beratnya yang sekarang, Ambon terlihat lebih lincah. Semoga Ambon berkesempatan kembali ke pulau orangutan.”, ujar drh. Flora penuh harapan. (FLO)



World Earth Day which falls on April 22 is a day that reminds us, how the earth is getting older and demands our active role. Orangufriends, which is an orangutan volunteer group, has a cool event to invite their friends to do activities.

Bandung Orangufriends like never run out of ideas to do something for Indonesian orangutans. Orangufriends Bandung, Sisa Puisi with Tambuhak Food and Beverage Garden together at a bazaar and garage sale event at Surya Sumantri street no. 100 Bandung. No half-hearted, 20% of the profits of this event, donated to the COP Borneo orangutan rehabilitation center. For two days (April 20-21) while commemorating Earth Day with items from Pine Niddle, Sunday Sweets, Mojoworking and Bekas Bagoes, shopping for something is an unforgettable experience.

Thank you for bringing your own shopping bag and of course your concern for Indonesian orangutans. (EBO)


Hari Bumi Sedunia yang jatuh pada tanggal 22 April menjadi hari yang mengingatkan kita, bagaimana bumi semakin tua dan menuntut peran aktif kita. Orangufriends yang merupakan kelompok relawan orangutan punya acara asik untuk mengajak teman-temannya berkegiatan.

Salah satunya, Orangufriends Bandung seperti tak pernah kehabisan ide. Untuk berbuat sesuatu untuk orangutan Indonesia. Orangufriends Bandung, Sisa Puisi bersama Tambuhak Food and Beverage Garden di acara bazar dan garage sale di jl. Surya Sumantri no. 100 Bandung. Tidak tanggung-tanggung, 20% dari keuntungan acara ini, disumbangkan untuk pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo. Selama dua hari (20-21 April) sembari memperingati Hari Bumi dengan barang-barang dari Pine Niddle, Sunday Sweets, Mojoworking dan Bekas Bagoes, kamu akan mendapatkan pengalaman tak terlupakan. Seru kan!



IUCN is deeply concerned about ongoing and new threats to the Critically Endangered Tapanuli orangutan in Sumatra, Indonesia. IUCN therefore calls for the development and adoption of a conservation management plan for the Tapanuli orangutan based on an independent, objective Population and Habitat Viability Assessment before any projects potentially impacting the species advance any further.

IUCN also calls for the establishment of connecting corridors between the three forest blocks to which the species is confined, by converting 8,077 hectares from the ‘Non-forest’ to the ‘Conservation Forest’ land use category. Until then, further development of projects with an impact on the habitat and viability of the Tapanuli orangutan should be put under a moratorium.

The Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), described in 2017, is the first new great ape species to be discovered since the 1920s. Pongo tapanuliensis has evolved separately from other orangutan species for 670,000 years. Wholly confined to the Batang Toru Ecosystem, a mountainous tract of rainforest in the province of North Sumatra, it occupies an area of about 1,420 square kilometres. With an estimated population of fewer than 800, the Tapanuli orangutan is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. It is the rarest great ape species in the world. The relatively small population size makes the species especially vulnerable to extinction, as any loss of habitat or disturbance could make the population too small to remain viable.

Although large parts of the ecosystem are classified as ‘Protection Forest’, some critical sections of the Tapanuli orangutan’s range are still open to development, including energy infrastructure, mining and logging. Little is known about the Tapanuli orangutan’s life cycle and in particular its resilience to disturbance, and it is imperative that any activity that could potentially lead to the degradation of its habitat and direct threats to the population is carefully assessed and all measures taken to avoid any impact. Where knowledge of potential impacts is insufficient, the precautionary approach requires that impacts are studied and fully understood before any developments are licensed.

IUCN wishes to highlight that, with political will, conservation of great ape species is not only possible but can act as a major boost to local economies and livelihoods. There are several parallels between the situation facing the Tapanuli orangutan and the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) in Eastern Africa. Over two decades of proactive, community-based conservation has seen this sub-species of the Eastern Gorilla increase by at least 50%, and Rwanda alone is now generating USD 200 million annually from eco-tourism, a large proportion of which is built around gorilla trekking.

IUCN stands ready to support Indonesia’s government agencies and financial institutions committed to prevent the extinction of the Tapanuli orangutan.

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